Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president GA Mir was briefly detained here on Sunday along with over 12 party workers during a protest against the rising fuel prices, police said.
The police acted after Mir, along with senior party colleagues and former ministers Raman Bhalla and Yogesh Sawhney, tried to take out a rally against the price hike of essential commodities, especially petrol, diesel and LPG at Janipur locality of the city. Accompanied by a large number of party activists and supporters, the Congress leaders earlier staged a sit-in and raised anti-government slogans for its alleged failure to check the hike in the price of essential commodities.
“The protest is part of a 45-day programme chalked out by the Congress against the increased fuel prices,” Mir told reporters before being detained. He said the Congress had launched a protest campaign from February 15 to March 30 to invite the attention of the government towards inflation.
Mir also criticised the administration for proposing property tax.